Friday, January 23, 2009

My Beautiful Old Oak Tree

As I was washing dishes on New Year's day, I glanced at the old oak tree in my back yard. It is a grand old tree with lots of character. It has endured winter ice storms, severe spring thunderstorms, long hot summer droughts and refreshing autumn breezes. It has witnessed over 150 years of history and will hopefully remain long after I'm gone. It patiently awaits the warmth of spring as it's branches reach out to the heavens.

Growing a company is much like this grand oak tree. The oak tree starts as a tiny, vulnerable seedling that can be easily trampled by the world around it. No one even notices it's presence or takes it seriously in the beginning. But, with time, patience and loving care, it survives the harshest of conditions. The tree develops thick bark to protect itself against icy conditions, just as we have to learn to deal with criticism and lack of belief in our quest to become successful entrepreneurs. The roots grow deep and wide to establish a strong hold against the severe spring thunderstorms, just as we have to give our companies a good strong base to deal with unexpected situations that every company experiences. The tree has to draw nutrients and moisture during the spring rains to help it endure hot summer droughts, just as we have to formulate a financial plan that will pay the bills today and tomorrow. We are currently experiencing the drought of our current economic state. However, with time, patience and loving care, our companies will survive and grow to be strong and thriving.

Don't give up, be patient, reach for the heavens, spring is coming.

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Sabrae Carter said...

Thats a big beautiful tree!!!

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Sheba Template Designs said...

Beautiful writing, so very true. 2010 will be a very good year for us all.